Watch this now-classic talk by neuroscientist VS Ramachandran. Mirror neurons were a hot topic five or ten years ago, shortly after they were first discovered, but things have cooled off a bit recently as more research has been done and shown that – surprise! – things might be a wee bit more complicated than VS initially led us to believe.
“What We Know Currently about Mirror Neurons” – 2013 journal article
“A Calm Look at the Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience” – wired.com article written for non-neuroscientists, that essentially explains the previous, more academic, link.
“Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain” – 2012 article from Psychology Today
“Mirroring in Dance Movement Therapy” – 2014 journal article